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Contents Preface[m1] Acknowledgements[m2] 1. Paleontology as a science[m3] 2. Fossils in time and space 3. Taphonomy and quality of the fossil record 4. Paleoecology and paleoclimates 5. Macroevolution and the tree of life 6. Fossil form and function 7. Mass extinctions and biodiversity loss 8. The origin of life 9. Protists 10. Origin of the metazoans 11. The basal metazoans: sponges and corals 12. Spiralians I: Lophophorates 13. Spiralians 2: Mollusks 14. Ecdysozoa: Arthropods 15. Deuterostomes Echinoderms and Hemichordates 16. Fishes and basal tetrapods 17. Dinosaurs and mammals 18. Fossil plants 19. Trace fossils 20. Diversification of life Web references Glossary[m4] Index
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